Edward J. Wurtz (ewurtz@AZ.COM)
Mon, 10 Apr 1995 07:01:11 +0000
> On Sun, 9 Apr 1995, Norman J. MacLeod wrote:
> I don't necessarily think that merit badge clinics are a good thing to have
> on every Camporee. There are very few merit badges that can be adequately
> taught to the point where a Scout can really say he has fulfilled all of the
> badge's requirements. At best, most merit badges can only be introduced,
> with often considerable amounts of work to be completed afterward in order
> to really met the requirements adequately enough to have legitimately earned
> the badge.
I was a chairman of a Fall camporee that had advancement as its theme.
The District I was in had a recent influx of many new Scouts. It was
thought that having morning activities that helped the new Scouts advance
and afternoon skill events (that were selected to include advancement
requirements) would accomplish advancement goals. The morning activities
consisted of advancement "stations" staffed by older Scouts. Scouts also
worked on the requirements to earn the Totin' Chip, the Firem'n Chit, and
the Paul Bunyan award. The afternoon skill events were the typical patrol
We did have a "Merit Badge Midway" to encourage Scouts to learn more
about various badges and to set up appointments with counselors. Merit
Badge handbooks were available for sale. There was no testing on the
Merit Badge subjects. The District Commissioner's staff ran this midway.
I thought it was a very successful camporee.
Edward J. Wurtz | Lodge Adviser, Quilshan Lodge
Tribal Prosecutor | High Adventure Committee, M. Baker Council
Lummi Indian Nation | District Committee, Whatcom District
...a good ol' Buffalo, too!
"The problem with the Boy Scouts is...there ain't enough of them!"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City